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The College of Education had many reasons to celebrate with students, faculty, staff and alumni throughout the month of September.
I was both honoured and proud to join the over 500 people in attendance at our Pinning Ceremony on September 13th in the College of Education. Both students and alumni committed to the profession through receiving their pins and signing the Educator’s Profession banner. I am so very grateful to all of the dignitaries in attendance, including representation from the Ministry of Education, school division partners, and our Indigenous communities, as well as all of the faculty and staff who supported the event, and the many family and friends who joined in the celebration. Please enjoy the video recap of the ceremony created by an Education student within this newsletter, as well as the photo gallery from the event.
In true University of Saskatchewan spirit, the College of Education hosted alumni during the Alumni Weekend BBQ in the bowl and went on to cheer student-athletes and alumni coaches for Huskie Athletics who brought home another football win. Also celebrated this month was alumna Patricia Lawson (B.Ed.‘53), who received a standing ovation during the 2018 Alumni Achievement Awards. Please read Pat’s inspiring story featured below.
This past month, the College hosted 30 students from Beijing’s Capital Normal University for a five-week International Teacher Development Program, coordinated through the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit. The program included four weeks of classroom study in the College and another week of observation in local elementary and secondary schools. We look forward to continuing to develop new international partnerships and opportunities for students and faculty as part of our new strategic plan.
Also featured in this edition is a Q&A with our Education Students’ Society President, Cory Dyck.
Thank you to those alumni who took the time to connect and engage with us through our Alumni Engagement Survey over the summer months. This feedback is critical to our success as a College, and I thank you for your input. Enjoy staying ConnectED!
Michelle Prytula
Dean, College of Education

Video recap created by fourth-year Education student Connor Jay.
Students commit to the Educator's Profession

Third-year University of Saskatchewan (U of S) College of Education students committed to the profession September 13 at the annual Pinning Ceremony. 

The purpose of the ceremony is for all third-year students from the elementary and secondary program, the Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP), and the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) to attend and engage in a ceremony to mark their commitment to the teaching profession. The students also sign the Educator’s Profession banner, the oath of the professional teacher.

Surrounded by family, friends, faculty, staff, and a number of partners from the community, students professed their intention to uphold the values and commitments embedded within the Educator's Profession, joined their colleagues in receiving a pin representing this commitment, and signed the banner upon which the Profession is written. 

View the Student Pinning Ceremony Photo Gallery

Capital Normal University students visit College of Education

With a shared goal to prepare exceptional teachers, the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has partnered with Capital Normal University in China for the 2018 International Teacher Development Program—Summer Course.

The International Teacher Development Program is a U of S College of Education program that offers students from key university partners around the world the opportunity to study in a Canadian U15 research-intensive university within a condensed period of time. Advancing both the College’s Strategic Plan 2025 as well as the University of Saskatchewan’s International Blueprint, in 2018, the course ran five weeks with 30 students from Beijing’s Capital Normal University.

The program includes four weeks of undergraduate university classroom study with courses from the departments of Curriculum Studies and Educational Administration in the College of Education, followed by a week of elementary and secondary school classroom observations. The students arrived on the U of S campus August 11.

“Our shared goal with our colleagues at Capital Normal is to facilitate the preparation of exceptional teachers, flush with many and varied tools that support the learning needs of all children,” said David Burgess, College of Education, associate dean of research, graduate support, and international initiatives. “We believe their participation in this International Teacher Development Program will advance the students’ competence, skill, and experience as a teacher. We hope the students will incorporate insights and methods learned while in Saskatchewan when they return home to China.”
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Education alumna Pat Lawson honoured with USASK Alumni Achievement Award 

College of Education alumna Pat Lawson (BA’50, BEd’53) was one of eight people honoured September 20 at the Alumni Achievement Awards.

The recipients are chosen for their outstanding achievements and innovation; commitment to excellence; community engagement and leadership; and contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of society.

Lawson was the most distinguished female athlete in Canada during the 1950s, and in her time at the U of S, she played on 13 teams including basketball, swimming, tennis, and track and field.

Lawson joined the Physical Education faculty at the U of S in 1956 where she was a teacher, coach and administrator until her retirement in 1990.

The video below highlights Pat's career accomplishments and her commitment to the University of Saskatchewan. It was played at the awards dinner.

See the full Alumni Achievement website and videos here

Q&A with Educational Students' Society President Cory Dyck

Education Students’ Society President Cory Dyck shares his passion for teaching, advice for fellow and future students, as well as reasons why he got involved on campus.

Q: Why did you want to join the teaching profession?
A: When I was 15, I volunteered at a summer camp that I went to as a child. I had a blast, learned a lot about working with youth, and found some excellent mentors in my life. I ended up working at that camp for the next four consecutive summers. During this time, I also fell in love with science.

While going into university I had always wanted to be a science teacher, it only took the first term to realize how much I loved studying nature and life around me.  I picked biology as my main field of study so that I could find work that paired my love of the world around me, with my love of working with youth to help them discover the amazing world we live in.

Q: Why did you choose the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan?
A: I never really thought much about going to other schools. I appreciated the sequential entry program as I always wanted to have a science degree. I picked the U of S because I loved the city, had friends here, as well as my brother was a student here. When it became time to apply to education, I really felt like there was no other option. The U of S and Saskatoon had become my home and are an important part of my development. I had no desire to leave here.

Q: What is something you have learned at the U of S that hasn’t come from a textbook?
A: When it gets close to the end of second term art students host an exhibit. They will generally hold an open house on the Thursday or Friday and at these open houses they have free snacks/food/drinks. I see it as an 'everybody wins' scenario because you get to see cool art, you get to talk with someone who is passionate about their work, and you get free food!

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Other USASK News - Retired teacher Jane Smith launches book

Retired teacher Jane Smith is sharing her story of the effects of zooeyia – the positive health benefits that animals share with humans - with emergency room patients and child patients in a new book titled Murphy Mondays.
The book shares the story of Murphy, an English Springer Spaniel, who was the first St. John Ambulance Dog to visit a Canadian Emergency Room. The proceeds of the book will be donated to the Royal University Hospital Foundation and the St. John Ambulance program to help fund further research on the effects of therapy dogs on humans as well as allow for more training for the program.
Smith started in the therapy dog program in 2014 after retiring from teaching French immersion in Grades 2 to 6. The children’s book details her journey, how the dog gains permission to enter the room, and teaches the important lesson of ‘washing your hands’. It also includes discussion questions for teachers and students, illustrations, and photos of Murphy at work.
Smith and Murphy also visit the elderly at local nursing homes and University of Saskatchewan students in libraries across campus.
The book can be purchased at the Royal University Hospital Gift Shop and at McNally Robinson beginning in October. Smith’s book launch is November 17 at 11 a.m. at McNally Robinson.

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HonourED - Nominate now

Nominations for the 2019 College of Education Wall of Honour are open. Nominations close on October 31.

The Wall of Honour acknowledges the significant successes and contributions of outstanding alumni who have graduated from any of the College’s programs. Since 2007, the College has honoured over 50 alumni, all of whom have exemplified the spirit of the mission, vision, and values of the University of Saskatchewan. 
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